WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Sophomore Ryan Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored a goal to spark a third period rally and propel the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team to a 3-2 comeback victory on the road over Williams on Saturday afternoon at Lansing Chapman Rink.
The teams traded goals during the first two periods. Williams, which had a commanding 39-18 advantage in shots during the game, got on the board first with just 38 seconds remaining in the opening period when David Italiano finished a pass from Joe Welch. Connecticut College, however, had a quick answer after the intermission when senior Chris Jellison (Fitchburg, Mass.) netted an unassisted marker at the 1:18 mark of the second period.
Williams (10-8, NESCAC 6-6) took a 2-1 lead when Italiano struck again just 52 seconds into the third period, but the rest of the game belonged to the Camels. Freshman Brett Stirling (Aurora, Ontario) found Petti at 6:54 to tie the game at 2-all, and sophomore Brenden Russ (Las Vegas, Nev.) provided the difference when he scored a power play goal at the 17:24 mark off assists which came from senior Mason Evans (Buffalo, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec).
The Ephs had a golden opportunity to net the equalizer when a Camel was whistled off the ice for holding with 1:37 left. They also pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and unleashed eight shots against netminder Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass). The barrage of attempts, however, were either blocked by defenders or denied by the Camel goalie to allow the visitors to survive and escape with the win.
Rodericks turned away 37 shots for Connecticut College, which avenged a 7-2 loss to the Ephs at Dayton Arena earlier this season. He picked up his seventh victory overall and sixth when the Camels were outshot by their opponent. Stephen Morrrissey of Williams suffered the loss after making 15 saves.
Connecticut College (8-9-1, NESCAC 7-4-1), which ended the afternoon in second place, will next visit Tufts on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m.